Former NBA Star's Opposition To Gay Marriage Stirs Anger

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson
upset local gay and lesbian leaders after saying he believes marriage is between a man and a woman.

The former NBA star made the statement in response to a question
during a candidate debate this week.

Gretchen Bender, vice president of the Sacramento County Board of Education, says Johnson's statement shows that he is not ready to lead the city.

Bender and a half-dozen other gay and lesbian leaders held a news conference to express their concern about the former Phoenix
Suns star.

Johnson issued a statement saying he supports civil unions and equal benefits for same-sex couples. But he added that his religion does not advocate same-sex marriage.

Mayor Heather Fargo and the five other candidates support gay
Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-09-08 1359EDT

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 18805104 -
Gray Television, Inc.